Nathan Malenfant and Tay show how to drop into the skate park together.

A ‘wheely’ big event

Skate park set to officially open this Saturday in Rosemont.

It’s been a long time coming but the official opening of the all wheel skate park in the Nelson suburb of Rosemont takes place this weekend.

The May 31 official opening will conclude 12 long years of dogged effort by local skateboarding advocates the Kootenay Lake Outdoor Skatepark Society (KLOSP) and the Nelson Daybreak Rotary Club.

A main attraction will be skate celebrity and fully sponsored local Drew Summersides (check him out in the current Concrete Skate Magazine). Major local sponsor Tribute Boardshop is bringing in pro skaters from all over the country from sponsoring companies Etnies, Toy Machine, and RVCA. There will be a pro demo by Stacy Gabriel from 1-2 p.m. and an opportunity to skate with the pros thereafter, all to the tunes of DJ Digs.

“It’s time to celebrate and hang with the pro’s — it’s been a long time coming,” said Shane Johnsen of Tribute.

Refreshments will be available with proceeds going to the ongoing park development fund. Donations are always welcome.

The celebration will be on deck at the park starting at noon and go to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Fun contests and photo opportunities will abound all afternoon.

Schedule of events:

Noon    —     Official opening

1 p.m.    —     PRO demo

2 p.m.    —     Skate with the Pros

3 p.m.    —     Open skate

4 p.m.    —     Event close

For more information about the event, contact Johnsen at 250-352-7722 or email info@tributeboardshop.ca.

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